Why Do I Still Work Here!?!

Date: August 3, 2016 Author: Tammy Kim Categories: Blog

It’s been a long road that I have walked at Presidential and despite people telling me to find another job, one less stressful, one closer to home I still make that conscience choice to wake up extra early and make the trek into work. My commute is long and at times frustrating but I just can’t seem to walk away from this place. Why you may ask? The answer is simple, I truly love what I do. I love the organizations and people that I have the pleasure of working with. This element makes it enjoyable, despite the stress and pressure of this deadline driven industry. I, in my small part, help organizations recognize the amazing gestures and generosity of my fellow human beings. That to me is a cool job. It is satisfying in a way that I cannot put into words.

We are currently working on a large project at SickKids and although the project is very complex and requires a great deal of my energy I absolutely love working for that organization. It feeds my soul in a way that I never imagined. I have been working on projects at SickKids for the past 18 years and before it was just part of my responsibilities, part of the job. And then I had children and I realized the importance of this place. I hoped to never need it but felt comforted in knowing that I, as a parent, had access to one of the greatest children’s hospitals in the world. Then came the day that I needed them, for both of my babies, and my appreciation for this organization grew leaps and bounds. As I walked the halls of the hospital I saw dozens or projects that I was involved in and it hit me, this innate sense of appreciation, this sense of pride that in some tiny way I was part of this great place. That may sound silly to some but I look at their donor wall that I spent countless hours in the middle of the night working on, area plaques that I had completed and a few that I even installed, different installations that I had been a part of and I felt connected to this place even more. The staff at SickKids are incredible too. Having spent more nights than I would have liked to with my newborn son I cannot even begin to express my appreciation for the level of care and compassion showed to both my baby and to me. This is an amazing place and it is through my work and my babies that I have seen just what incredible miracles they make happen. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? It has even inspired me to become a donor! Perhaps one day I will be able to put up a plaque that has my family name on it, how awesome would that be? And what a journey that will be, bringing it full circle!